Apr 27 2009
Stranded on a PC at work or home? Well if you have no way of escaping Windows, here are a few downloads that will minimize the pain.
The first thing youÃll want to do is get connected to your friends. Unfortunately there is no iChat or Fire for Windows. What they do have is Trillian. This chat app supports AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and IRC. This will keep you chatting with all your iChat buddies.
Rely on iCal for your daily schedule? Though you could use an online .ics browser to view your calendar, itÃs worth downloading the Mozilla add-in Calendar. With it you can subscribe to online iCal calendars and manage your own iCals. Be warned, it is still under development.
Miss Safari or Chimera? If Mozilla isnÃt your style, there is a budding new alternative to Internet Explorer. Phoenix is another Mozilla project, like Chimera. It does come in a Mac version, and while it isnÃt quite Chimera, it does support pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing.
Of course, youÃll want to keep connected to the world of Mac. Amphetadesk will allow you to subscribe to RSS feeds from your favorite sites (like this one).
Thanks for joining me for todayÃs look at free software. For those of you stuck on PCÃs I hope todayÃs featured freeware makes your stay more comfortable. As for me, IÃm glad IÃm done and can get off this thing.
Until next week,